James PedersonGeneral Counsel
James F. Pedersen joined Opportunity International as senior vice president and general counsel on January 1, 2013. Jim comes to Opportunity International after 38 year career in private practice, most recently with Dorsey & Whitney LLP with headquarters in Minneapolis. During his career with Dorsey, Jim focused primarily on international corporate law, international mergers and acquisitions and investment transactions. He also served on the Dorsey management committee as Head of International Corporate with management responsibility for Dorsey’s offices in New York, London, Brussels, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Canada. He has experience in living and practicing abroad, having spent four years in Brussels and three years in London during his career. Jim is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and Harvard Law School.
Jim had the ability to gain some insights into the Opportunity organization during 2012 when, as a partner at Dorsey, he assisted MicroEnsure LLC in its formation of a new holding company and the investment in that company by several new investors. He will be responsible for working with Opportunity US, Opportunity Transformation Investments, the GMO and the implementing members in managing their needs for legal services, including the legal aspects of their investment, divestment and reorganization transactions.